June 24, 2024

With the clock ticking, the Padres hope to start a turnaround against the Pirates

How late is too late?

That is the question before the san diego padres as they return home from a 10-game road trip to host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in the opener of a three-game series

The clock is ticking against the Parentsconsidered by many to be postseason contenders after bolstering an already impressive roster with the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Michael Wacha, Nelson Cruz and Matt Carpenter

But little has gone according to plan. Most recently, given the chance to sweep the lowly Detroit Tigers on Sunday, San Diego lost 3-1 to fall four games below .500 with 62 games remaining.

A six-game tournament will also begin in Monday’s tournament. But after the Piers into the home will be the American League West-dominant Texas Rangers, and the Parents hit the road again for eight of the next 12 games

The IS Parents‘ only four home games during that stretch won’t be easy, either. The National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers will come to town

Series victory against the Piers sure could help the Parents set the tone for their homestand and beyond. Pittsburgh is just 2-7 since the All-Star break, but swept San Diego in a three-game series in Pittsburgh in late June.

“We played a very strong series against the Parents,” Piers manager Derek Shelton said after his team beat San Diego 21-9 from June 27-29. “We got good pitching, especially from the bullpen, timely hitting, and we were just playing good basketball against a dangerous team.

Although the Parents‘ His opponents may be playing good basketball, San Diego manager Bob Melvin thinks his team tends to beat themselves

“I think no matter who we play, we should be confident of winning a series and/or making a run here,” Melvin said. “I don’t think the opposition matters.

“But at this point in time, every series is going to be a challenge for us. … Sometimes, we’ve played better against teams like Tampa than against teams with poorer records. I don’t think it matters who we play. It’s more about us.”

It was often difficult to find offense for the Parents, who haven’t scored more than three runs in 44 percent of their games this season. In those games, San Diego is 6-38

Right-hander Yu Darvish (7-6, 4.36 ERA) will try to lead the Parents away from those negative trends when he makes his 18th start of the season on Monday

In his most recent outing, Darvish allowed four hits in six scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday to earn back-to-back wins for the first time since early June.

Darvish is 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in nine career starts against the Piers

Pittsburgh will send right-hander Quinn Priester (0-1, 11.81) to the mound in the series opener.

Priester will be making his second major league start, and the first one didn’t go so well. He allowed seven runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings against the visiting Cleveland Guardians on July 17. Priester walked two and struck out two in taking the loss.

–Field Level Media

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